Ipswich 3 Old Loughtonians 0
English Hockey League
Women’s Conference East
IPSWICH signed off their EHL East Conference season in style with a 3-0 defeat of Old Loughtonians and probably their best all round performance of the year.
The home side were motivated from the first whistle and within four minutes were 1-0 up. A short corner deflected in by Captain Emma Millar, for her 21st National League goal.
Ipswich were in total control, player of the match Issy Sheldrake controlling midfield and the defensive unit of Kat Wrinch, Annabel Driver and Charlie Anderson dominating any potential threats.
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Despite the total control of the match it took to the 27th minute to extend the lead, after the home side had hit the post and narrowly deflected over.
Faye Curran this time deflecting in another short corner.
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Two minutes later and Ipswich had grabbed a third goal. An amazing run by Charlie Anderson from left back saw her finish with an reverse stick shot that could only be parried by the keeper. The on rushing Chloe Hunnable made no mistake from five yards out and rammed the ball into the empty net.
It took Hunnable level with Anni Broster as top goal scorer on nine.
The second half saw the visitors attempt to get back in the game and whilst Ipswich did not extend the scoreline Old Loughts rarely made it into the Ipswich attacking 25 yard area.
It was an emphatic display by Ipswich and as the final whistle went the team and management reflected that it was a fitting way to say goodbye to many of the team who head off to pastures new.
Whilst not happy to end the season in fourth place Ipswich know they have huge potential and the team will enjoy some time off before the start the quest again for a return back to the Premier League.